The World Long Remembers After All
One hundred and fifty years ago today, just ten sentences that took a mere two minutes to deliver became, arguably, one of the most famous of all American speeches. Delivered by President Abraham Lincoln to dedicate the cemetery at Gettyburg, Pennsylvania, this is of course what we now call The Gettysburg Address.What a poignant message from this wise, humble, Godly man. These words are as powerful today as they were 150 years ago:
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
The world did take note and we have long remembered what was said there and give thanks for a leader who changed the course of our history. We echo too the profound wisdom and President Lincoln’s heartfelt declaration ” that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
In this season of Thanksgiving we have this moment in our history to be yet another thing for which we can all give thanks!